June 30, 2007 Subject:
Other People's Property
Another earlier Centron "discussion" film. Handled well.
December 13, 2006 Subject:
These old Centron films are great for sitting around with your friends and getting a good riff on.
Junquedog - If you could get ahold of me, that would be awesome. I'd really like to see if I could take to some of the actors from these films. Email is phil dot nelson at gmail dot com.
November 17, 2006 Subject:
Frank (the one on the right) is my brother, Jon Traylor who is now living in Washington State. I've never known him to speak so properly with such perfect diction. I did hear him say "worsh room" for wash room, though. He has since corrected that. We grew up in Lawrence and lived only a few blocks away from Centron. Russ Mosser lived at the other end of the block from us and was a good friend of my Dad, Joe Traylor who owned Traylor & Calvin Insurance (next to the Granada Theater). Dad also had a bit part in "Carnival of Souls" and helped Herk Harvey raise funds for the movie. Brother Jon also played parts in several other Centron public service films. What an actor!
Excellent 1951 instructional film about property damage. Probably made a lot of that generation who saw the film think. Well acted,directed,and filmed.
December 21, 2003 Subject:
Stink bombing is not good,
Somewhat blah treatment of how 3 boys get into trouble by placing a stink bomb in a teacher's wastebasket. Rather on heavily focusing on why they did it, the film takes a curious approach and looks at the repurcussions of that stink bomb.. The drama practice is cancelled! Several people choke on the fumes! School damage! While ok, a very similar film 'Moment Of Decision' treats the subject of 'you rotten kids' a lot better.
September 6, 2003 Subject:
Menace 2 Honor Society
Hardcore Frank leads a criminal gang on a payback mission. But when they find out that their stinkbomb not only required a repainting of the classroom, but also disturbed the drama club's dress rehearsal, they realize they've gone too far.
"Jimmy" would apparently not learn his lesson. He went on to be "Johnny" in the short on Cheating, also by Young American.
September 14, 2002 Subject:
Like another world
As these "guidence" films go, this one was pretty low effort. Not much cast and lacking the charm of others I have seen. But there is no way to deny that these films are great fun to watch. I try and imagine a time and place where setting off a homemade stink bomb was the worst thing teens could conjure up. It may as well be another planet for how radically different it is. Enjoy.
Focuses on the problem of vandalism and respect for other people's property. Tells the story of three young boys whose prank results in serious property damage.
Ken Smith's screening notes: "The story of three boys" "They had a plan. But they didn't stop to think what the consequences of that plan might be. And now there're in trouble. REAL trouble."
glum-looking teens sit in chairs in the hall, outside an office over which hangs a sign, "principal" Frank: "Golly, if I had it to do over I'd sure do it different." Narrator: "Do you really think you deserve another chance? You planned this, Frank. It was all your idea. What do you think about your fine idea now?" "And you, Jimmy, how do you feel? You really didn't give any thought to how it might turn out, did you? To you it just seemed 'fun'." Jimmy: "It was awful funny -- for a while. It isn't any fun now, though." Dale: "You could've stopped it. You knew it was wrong. Then why did you do it?" Dale: "I knew we shouldn't do it and I tried to tell them. But they said I was just a chicken." Frank: "As far as I'm concerned you can thank old man Craft. He deserved something. Making me stay in 'cause he caught me throwing paper wads. I wasn't the only one. Made me miss the ballgame, too." You have to hear it in the original Kansas twang.... Jimmy "thought it would be a whale of a good joke" but they used too much "stuff"! "Everyone thought the school was on fire!" And now "the whole thing still seems almost like a nightmare to you." "The chemicals worked all right, but not quite the way you thought they would!" "Sure it was exciting. For a while." When they see "the damage" they had wrought, "the feeling changed from 'fun' to 'fear'. And finally to SHAME." "The looks and thoughts of your classmates when they learned that you were to blame for all of this." "We're not the only ones. What about those guys drawing pictures in the washroom? What about the time when all those kids broke the windows?" "Sure! And carved up desks in Miss Smith's room. And the library books that were marked up last week. We're not the only ones who've done stuff around here." "Gee whiz you don't think that excuses us, do you? There's no getting around it. What we did was WRONG."